Lent Prayers – A Puritan Prayer to Cling to Christ and Rest on Him

February 25, 2013

I’ve been reflecting a lot on John 15 and what it means to abide in Christ lately, so I really appreciated this prayer posted by Trevin Wax over the weekend:

O Heavenly Father,
Teach me to see that if Christ has satisfied divine justice
He can also deliver me from my sins;
that Christ does not desire me, now justified,
to live in self-confidence in my own strength,
but gives me the law of the Spirit of life
to enable me to obey You;
that the Spirit and His power are mine by resting on Christ’s death…

You have taught me
that faith is nothing else than receiving Your kindness;
that it is an adherence to Christ,
a resting on Him,
love clinging to Him as a branch to the tree,
to seek life and vigor from Him.

-Puritan prayer (adapted)

Justin Welby

February 25, 2013

O God,
As Justin, Your priest and Archbishop of Canterbury, steps into the unknown in faith, may our Resurrected Lord and a host of angels make way for him to stand firm and lead the Anglican Communion forward. Amen.
Joshua 3:17

John 4:31-42

February 25, 2013

In the meantime his disciples urged him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him anything to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to finish his work. (John 4:31-34)
      Holy Spirit, guide us to such a banquet where our heart’s desire is to do the Father’s will.

Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! (John 4:35)
      Jesus, give us eyes to see the harvest fields that are all around us.

And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ (John 4:36-37)
      Father, help us all to make the decision to go forth into those harvest fields where we may gather in fruit for eternal life. Help each of us to do our part — whether it is in sowing or reaping.

I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.” (John 4:38 )
      Jesus, thank you for the labors of those who have gone before us. Thank you that we can enter into their labors. Help us do our part in our generation.

And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans had come to him, they urged him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his own word. (John 4:39-41)
      Holy Spirit, please help us have the confidence in your work that you will bring forth a rich harvest from the words we speak as happened in this city in Samaria. Thank you.

Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.” (John 4:42)
      Help those that we share gospel with meet you, Jesus, for themselves as did the people of Samaria. Give them a personal encounter with you. Thank you.

A word received: Come to me. Let me guide you step by step.

Monday: 56, 57, [58]; *; 64, 65; Jer. 1:11-19; Rom. 1:1-15; John 4:27-42
Tuesday: 61, 62; *; 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Jer. 2:1-13; Rom. 1:16-25; John 4:43-54

Albany Intercessor

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